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Hardy Ricks
Hardy Ricks

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

High School:
Brentwood

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 200

Position:
Safety

Experience:
3L


2009 OUTLOOK

Coming off a solid spring that saw him win the top spot on the depth chart at strong safety ... That's where he'll begin fall camp listed as the starter, and he is the only Tiger listed on the depth at the spot with any game experience, so his leadership will be vital to getting strong play from the position ... Is a seasoned veteran with 40 career games under his belt who is known as arguably the hardest hitter on the team - something that belies his very quiet and reserved nature off the field.

2008 SEASON

Continued his development into a play-making safety, and furthered his reputation as a fearless hitter ... Played in all 14 games and totaled 39 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss ... Was a standout in Mizzou's game at #1 Texas, when he had a career-high 9 tackles, including 5 of the solo variety ... Made one tackle against Illinois and followed that with two stops against Southeast Missouri State .. Had three tackles in each of the next three games (vs. Nevada, Buffalo and Nebraska) ... Had a then-season-high of six tackles against Oklahoma State ... Had four tackles against Kansas State and made a pair of stops at Iowa State ... Made four tackles in the Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma ... Had off-season surgery on his left shoulder to repair torn labrum that he played with during the 2007 season ... Was eventually cleared toward the end of spring camp to play, and he came back to grab an interception and record a pair of tackles in the annual Black & Gold Spring Game ... Changed his jersey number to 4 this spring after wearing 28 the previous two seasons.

2007 SEASON
Was the starting CB opposite Darnell Terrell for the first 4 games, but moved to free safety, where he finished the season ... Opened the season with six tackles against Illinois ... A vicious hitter who laid some serious wood on Illini QB Juice Williams, and knocked him out of the game in the second quarter ... Had three stops in each of the next two games (at Ole Miss and vs. Western Michigan) ... Had a tackle for loss against Illinois and Ole Miss) ... Made six tackles against Illinois State ... Had a pair of stops against Nebraska and made a tackle in win over Colorado ... Saw his playing time and production tail off toward the latter half of the year as he was battling the injured shoulder.

2006 SEASON
Redshirt freshman cornerback who began the season as an understudy to Domonique Johnson, but took over the starting role when Johnson missed much of the season with a knee injury ... Started 8 times from games #4 through #11, and played admirably, despite his youth and inexperience at the collegiate level ... Collected 40 tackles in the 1st 11 games, including a career-high 8 stops at Texas A&M ... Also notched 6 stops against Oklahoma, and added 4 tackles each in outings against Nebraska, Iowa State and Murray State ... Had a half-tackle for loss in consecutive games against Ole Miss and New Mexico early in the season, and had 3 tackles and 1 pass broken up at Texas Tech ... Had a strong spring camp, which he closed out with a 4-tackle performance in the Black & Gold Game ... Has added 15 pounds to his frame thanks to the strength program.

2005 SEASON
Redshirt season ... Worked hard as part of the defensive scout team, and occasionally was asked to serve as a running back on the offensive scout team, as well.

HIGH SCHOOL
A standout two-way player for Brentwood High School who made his mark mostly as a hard-hitting, playmaking defensive back ... Rated as the No. 58 cornerback in the nation, and the No. 12 overall prospect in the state of Missouri, according to Rivals.com ... In his last 3 years, had 3,633 yards of total offense and 27 offensive TDs, while adding 395 tackles, 5 defensive TDs and 15 interceptions on the defensive side of the ball ... Has the size, speed and quickness to play several different spots in the defensive backfield ... Ranked as the No. 12 overall prospect in the state of Missouri and the No. 58 defensive back in the nation by Rivals.com ... Starred on both sides of the ball, as he was a 1st-Team all-state selection as a defensive back in 2004, while earning the same honor at running back as a junior in 2003 ... Had 142 tackles as a senior and grabbed 4 interceptions and scored 2 defensive TDs ... On offense, amassed 1,312 total yards and scored 12 TDs ... Included in the offensive total was 1,168 rushing yards (6.9 yards per carry) ... Had 1,736 total yards in offense as a junior in 2003, with 13 TDs scored ... Rushed for 1,492 yards that season, while racking up 157 total tackles playing both ways ... Nabbed 5 interceptions as a junior, scored 2 defensive TDs and had 1 fumble recovery in addition to 2 QB sacks ... Rushed for 348 yards (8.8 yards per carry) and had 247 more receiving as a sophomore in 2002 (16.5 yards per catch, while scoring 2 offensive TDs on the year ... Had 96 total tackles that season, as well, with 6 interceptions and 1 defensive TD ... Solid all-around athlete who lettered in wrestling, track and basketball, in addition to his football exploits ... Was a state qualifier in wrestling ... High school coach - Roy Hughes.

PERSONAL
Son of Hardy Ricks Jr. & Dorothy Wise ... Drew interest from programs such as Kansas State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa State and Illinois, before picking to be a Tiger ... Plans to focus his studies at Mizzou in the area of finance, accounting or banking ... Mizzou's new School of Business played a major factor in his choosing to be a Tiger ... Served as vice president of his class at Brentwood High School.

RICKS CAREER STATISTICS
G-GSUTATTot.TFL-YdsPBU
2006 12-8 32 8 40 1-1 1
2007 14-4 15 6 21 2-14 1
2008 14-0 26 13 39 1.5-6 0
Totals 40-12 73 27 100 4.5-21 2
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